HPV, or to give it its full name, “Human Papilloma Virus”, is an infection that three quarters of sexually active women contract at some stage of their lives, although most are never aware of it. It attacks the skin and the moist membranes of the body in areas such as the anus, the cervix, the mouth and the throat. The most common outcome of a HPV infection is genital warts, but it can also lead to abnormal cell growth which may result in cervical cancer. If you live and/or work in London, you can use the convenient walk-in women health services offered by Broadgate Clinic London Wall to have an HPV smear test.
There is no absolutely foolproof way of ensuring that some women will not develop cervical cancer. However, that being said, there are a number of things that you can do in order to minimise the risk. We here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall, (a private GP clinic that has set-up walk-in health screening services that anyone who lives and/or works in London can avail themselves of), have summarised the ways of minimising the risks within this brief article for the convenience of visitors to our website.
Practising safe sex
The majority of instances of cervical cancer are connected with specific types of the human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. HPV can be transmitted by indulging in unprotected sex. Ensuring that male partners wear a condom will lessen the chances of an infection being passed on. The earlier a woman begins having regular intercourse; the greater the diversity of sexual partners she has, the larger the risk of developing an HPV infection. This is not fully understood, however, as a small number of women who only ever have one sexual partner can also develop an HPV infection.
The thyroid gland is often described as something that looks rather like a butterfly. It is located in the front of your neck and wraps around your trachea or windpipe. Its job is to create chemical hormones which it releases into the bloodstream. These hormones act as messages and affect the cells and tissues in other parts of the body adjusting the body's metabolic rate and controlling certain vitamin levels in your bloodstream. If you work in London and you need to have a thyroid function test, you can minimise the time you have to take off work by using the walk-in services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
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